Principal Officers (Ecology & Biodiversity and Urban Design & Landscape) (2 posts) - Exeter City Council

  • Multiple Locations
  • Multiple Terms
  • Grade K £39,571 - £41,591 (pro rata for part time post)

Service Unit: City Development

We’re growing!

Exeter is the second fastest growing city in the UK and we have plans to deliver 12,000 homes in the next 20 years. To keep pace, we are bucking the trend and investing in all three of our Planning Teams. To support this, we are looking to recruit two Principal Officers - each with a different specialism - one in Ecology and Biodiversity and the other in Urban Design and Landscape.

About you
For Principal Officer - Ecology and Biodiversity: This is a part time role (22.2 hours per week). You will be passionate about delivering environmental enhancement, ensuring that quality habitats and biodiversity are properly taken into account in schemes. You will be adept at interpreting plans and analysing reports, and working with other professionals and stakeholders, including giving advice to developers. You will have a degree or other recognised qualification relating to ecology and biodiversity and ideally be a member of CIEEM.
For Principal Officer - Urban Design and Landscape: This is a full time role (37 hours per week). You will have substantial post-qualification in urban design and/or landscape work. You will have been involved in delivering good placemaking or environmental enhancement schemes, and can demonstrate how you contributed. You will have good project management skills, and be able to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences. Most importantly, you will know what good development looks like and you are passionate about achieving it.

About the team
We apply a One Team mindset - our City Development service comprises of four core functions - Development Management covering both major and householders projects, Building Control including Land Charges and our new Local Plans and Policy team.
Although differentiated by their technical specialisms, throughout the four functions there is a strong appreciation for collaborative working and each area working to support our shared objectives as a service.
We are a high performing service - in 2022, our Land Charges team were recognised for their exceptional customer service, coming 5th place out of 326 Local Authority Land Charges Teams in the Customer Satisfaction Award at the annual Awards for Excellence hosted by Land Data and in 2019 were highly commended in the Most Improved Services category. Our planning teams were recently shortlisted for three national/regional awards.
We value development of our people - we have supported some of our undergraduate level Project Managers through successfully obtaining their Masters in Town and Country Planning. In Building Control, we have fully qualified Project Managers who started their careers with us as Building Control Apprentices and we regularly host work experience placements to support the development of wider community members.

What next?
If we sound like the right fit for you and you feel like the right fit for us, we would welcome your application.
Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about the post, the team or working with us at the Council, please contact Matthew Diamond, Assistant Service Lead Development Management (Major Projects), at

Our commitment
At Exeter City Council, we are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve.
To support this commitment, we will strive to implement reasonable adjustments to support any members of our communities who face barriers in recruitment processes, irrespective of the reason.
We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.
If you would like further information on this, please contact our HR Team at

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Interview Date: 20 and 22 July 2022

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Job Details

  • OrganisationOther Organisations
  • Work LocationExeterDevon
  • Work Postcode

    Civic Centre, Exeter

  • Reference

    0621 & CD12

  • Occupational GroupHousing & Planning

  • Salary Details

    Grade K £39,571 - £41,591 (pro rata for part time post)

  • Job TermPermanent
  • Appointment TypeFull TimePart Time
  • Hours

    1x Part Time and 1x Full Time

  • Closing Date


  • DBS Check Required